Arts and Culture Intern

Posted On: June 5, 2019

Paid Journalism Internship

Media Organization: The Forward

Company Description

The Forward delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews. Its rigorous reporting and balanced commentary on politics, arts and culture have won numerous awards year after year, including repeated recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily, the Forward soon became the most widely read Jewish newspaper anywhere, with a larger circulation in the 1920s than the New York Times. It chronicled the events that affected a population of immigrants eager to take their place in American life, and published regional editions around the country before any other newspaper.

The English Forward was launched as a weekly in 1990. Its perspective on world and national news, and its unparalleled coverage of Jewish arts and culture, have made it the most influential nationwide Jewish media outlet today. Millions of readers visit each month for award-winning news, thoughtful commentary, and captivating videos. And close to 100,000 Facebook friends and subscribers receive e-newsletters that highlight the latest stories in news and culture, food and feminism, as well as the best in Jewish opinion.

The Forward has always been a not-for-profit association and is supported by the contributions of its readers.

Job Description

The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist to join its culture desk for a paid internship. The culture intern will work 25 hours a week at $15 an hour and must commit to a 10-week program at a minimum. The internship may be renewable, subject to management approval.

The intern will:

-Pitch, report and write stories on Jewish cultural events and trends
-Work with the Forward’s content management system to post blogs and stories to the internet
-Assist the culture editor and deputy culture editor with photo sourcing, fact-checking, and administrative tasks
-Have the opportunity to contribute to the Forward’s news and opinion desks

The ideal candidate will be a perceptive, motivated writer with a strong voice who is eager to gain experience writing a variety of pieces, from brief blog posts to profiles and features. She or he will also be a quick writer with well-honed research skills, ready to turn pieces around on quick deadlines.

The culture intern will cultivate reporting, writing, editing and research skills by working alongside seasoned reporters and editors. She or he will be closely supervised and mentored by the culture editor and deputy culture editor, and will be given significant opportunities for professional development. Previous fellows and interns have gone on to work for The New York Times, The New Yorker and elsewhere.


To Apply

Send a cover letter, resumé and 3 clips to Talya Zax at If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your application; otherwise, you may assume that The Forward cannot offer you an internship at this time. No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.